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Ocean alerts right to your phone

Bryan Cheplic Bryan Cheplic

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) The next time the sharks roam too close to shore, currents get treacherous, or the waves hit warning levels, you could find out on your laptop or phone.

All you have to do is link your e-mail or smart phone account to Honolulu's ocean safety website.

It has been upgraded to show beach conditions all over the state.

You can scroll for different wave reports or jellyfish alerts, and information on hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. It's a good way to plan ahead.

"You can click right on the beach," said Bryan Cheplic, Honolulu Emergency Services Department. "You can check the surf conditions, wind conditions, tide conditions. But at the same time we also recognize that you have off-shore islands out there. Mokulua's, flat island. People frequent those areas. So what you do have is the ability to click on the off-shore forecast."

The website gives the beach information in 52 languages. Funding for the upgrade came through grants from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Annenberg Foundation.

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